Climate Change: A Serious Threat to Public Health

This brief fact sheet presents the key findings and analysis from a survey of 57 state and territorial governments regarding current activities and programs designed to address the public health consequences of climate change. The survey focused on the current climate change practices, perceptions, and resource needs of state and territorial health agencies. The responses presented in this fact sheet indicate a belief among most respondents that climate change will pose serious health problems to their state or territory. However, few respondents feel that it is currently being treated as a top priority, or that they have adequate capacity or expertise to undertake the different roles required to address the public health challenges from climate change.

The full report, entitled "Taking the Pulse of a Changing Nation - Findings from a Survey on Climate Change and State/Territorial Health Agencies," and a presentation with additional analysis and information are also available from ASTHO.

Publication Date: 2009

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